International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that due ongoing global pandemic of Coronavirus India’s tour of Sri Lanka, which was scheduled to take place later this month, has been postponed.
ICC announced the the development through its official Twitter handle.
“India’s tour to Sri Lanka, which was scheduled to take place later this month, has become the latest series to be postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said ICC in a tweet.
India were scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20s starting June end and continuing till July in Sri Lanka. The dates for the matches had not yet been finalised.
The cancellation was expected as Indian players are yet to resume training with cases continuing to rise rapidly in the country, which has recorded more than 8,000 COVID-19 deaths and close to three lakh cases.
The players will need four to six weeks to regain match fitness after training resumes.However, both the boards remain committed to the series and having it in August is a possibility.
Sri Lanka Cricket body media release also confirmed the development.
“The BCCI informed Sri Lanka Cricket that due to the prevailing circumstances revolving around COVID-19 pandemic, the cricket series, which included three ODIs and three T20I matches will not be feasible,” the SLC statement stated.
The statement also added that BCCI “remains committed to the FTP and towards its fellow members, it will have to seek the advice from Government of India and the health regulatory authorities before taking any decision for the resumption of Cricket.”